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sinkingfeeling

(51,507 posts)
Fri Feb 1, 2013, 10:28 AM Feb 2013

Mass Killings: Why American Men Are "Going Postal" [View all]

http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/14183-mass-killings-why-american-men-going-postal

This is an excellent piece that ties together America's problems and why we have our violent nature. Well worth the read. I've snipped some pieces here:

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It is all the more remarkable because the race and gender of the perpetrators was not discussed. Surely, if all of the mass killers were African-American that would have been noticed. If all those people were killed by white women or immigrants, that too would have been a topic of discussion, to say the least. Somehow the fact that the killers were white men seemed unremarkable. That is a clue to consider.

What could make US white males so angry?

Mass killings became a new phenomenon in the 1980s when Reagan's platform of disempowerment of white, male workers, began. Asian men had at that point also been largely included in the hegemonic gender.

Four-fifths of the jobs lost in our current recession have been male jobs in manufacturing, construction and big-ticket sales. The decisions to export American jobs were based solely on corporate profit regardless of the extensive social and personal damages those decisions produced. Within capitalism that is how decisions are made.

The blind rage of mass killings is a wake-up call. We have to look at the interaction of all the conditions of existence that combine to generate America's mass killings. At present, the US is home to a vast group of predominantly white, dispossessed, enraged men. We have a political system that permits vast money at the top to hijack our politics and culture with unlimited "gifts." Our airwaves are sold to the highest bidder. We have powerful lobbies that sell US militarism and gun ownership as refuges for dispossessed men. We have profit churning mass media with films, videos, and advertisements pushing violence as a solution to problems from intimate life to international relations. We have a dysfunctional public mental health care system. We have limited mass positive political and social movements, and no socialist power blocks to capture and channel rage at the grotesque inequality that dominates our nation and denies our young men.
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The last paragraph really sums it up well ... and then people wonder why ... RKP5637 Feb 2013 #1
Something seems missing... Eleanors38 Feb 2013 #2
This sounds like a Fox "News" transcript Doctor_J Feb 2013 #6
Don't watch that stuff like some. Anything relevant, otherwise? Eleanors38 Feb 2013 #25
No, if that were it non-whites and non-males would have been massacreing people for centuries (nt) Recursion Feb 2013 #8
I sure have noticed that DU's who claim male victimhood BlancheSplanchnik Feb 2013 #10
Plus a gazillion... pkdu Feb 2013 #30
Care to name some examples? Blue_Tires Feb 2013 #15
And what brings Americans together? The Superbowl, a very violent game flamingdem Feb 2013 #3
I'm not surprised BlancheSplanchnik Feb 2013 #9
"The decisions to export American jobs were based solely on corporate profit... antigop Feb 2013 #4
Where is Hate Radio/ Fox "News" in the equation? Doctor_J Feb 2013 #5
yes, they give 'permission' (by example) to be callous and angry BlancheSplanchnik Feb 2013 #11
Is the gun a God Big_Harry Feb 2013 #7
I read here that 203 people were shot yesterday, were the killers all white? just1voice Feb 2013 #12
Article is limited to mass murders and even defines it. sinkingfeeling Feb 2013 #13
Do they explain why the mass murders done by those who are not white males don't count? Bluenorthwest Feb 2013 #16
You obviously didn't even bother to read the first paragraph. sinkingfeeling Feb 2013 #17
Yes I did. Bluenorthwest Feb 2013 #19
Ft Hood, Palestinian/American. DC shooters, African American... Bluenorthwest Feb 2013 #20
Slightly more are black than white... bobclark86 Feb 2013 #14
This thread was opened in 'good reads' to discuss the article. It's about mass murder. sinkingfeeling Feb 2013 #18
I have a simpler answer Demo_Chris Feb 2013 #21
I think you've summed it up. alarimer Feb 2013 #32
The white males who go postal are often highly intelligent. undeterred Feb 2013 #22
It is the definition of power felix_numinous Feb 2013 #23
What felix_numinous said. love_katz Feb 2013 #31
This sentence says it all: Brigid Feb 2013 #24
+100 lunasun Feb 2013 #28
Women and minorities are disproportionately badly affected by the economy. yardwork Feb 2013 #26
Styx, "I'm just a prisoner in a king's disguise . . . " patrice Feb 2013 #27
Pieces of Eight patrice Feb 2013 #29
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